A tribute to one of my favourite Tennyson poems – The Lady of Shalott.
It was completed in photoshop; mostly painted with a Bamboo pen and drawing pad, although the images of the knights and the mirror frame were inserted photos.
The mirror is my own convex mirror and I wanted to keep some of the feel of that about the image so the photos of the knights that were inserted into it were warped.
I had planned to draw a somewhat more gothic window, but the wall sort of took over and this was how it turned out. I think I now like it as a rough stone window.
The photos of the knights are my own stock, taken at the 2010 Ironfest in Lithgow, Australia.
The stone wall took me ages – yes there are painted stones under the mirror, as I hadn’t decided where to put a mirror. I was a bit sick of painting the wall by the time I had 3/4 finished it. Next time I do a wall, I think a photo of one may serve me better.
I tried inserting a photo of a cloud, but didn’t like the way it looked, so went back to painting it. I realise that in the poem she is supposed to be dressed in white, the dress started out that way but just didn’t work.
“…A bow shot from her bower-eaves,
He rode between the barley-sheaves,
The sun came dazzling thro’ the leaves,
Of bold Sir Lancelot….
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack’d from side to side;
‘The curse has come upon me’ cried
The Lady of Shalott…"
Alfred Lord Tennyson